Tag Archives: Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean Becker – Tendre Voyou AKA Tender Scoundrel (1966)

Synopsis
An inveterate gigolo, Tony Maréchal has just one skill: the ability to seduce beautiful women. He uses this skill to sweet talk himself into a trip to a skiing resort, under the patronage of a wealthy business man and his mistress. Here, Tony is hooked by a man-mad baroness who invites him on a pleasure cruise to Tahiti. The dream holiday soon turns into Tony’s worst nightmare… Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Cent mille dollars au soleil AKA Greed in the Sun (1964)

Southern Morocco, 1963. The owner of a truck transports company hires a new driver (a self-called American tough guy) to transport mysterious goods in a brand new magnificent truck. While the established group of drivers of the company is welcoming the new driver, one of them (played by Jean-Paul Belmondo)hijack the mysterious truck on the day after, planning to negotiate the sale of goods for its own profit and fly over with his new young bride. The best driver of the company (played by Lino Ventura)is launched to his young fellow’s pursuit. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Charlotte et son Jules AKA Charlotte and Her Boyfriend (1960)

“Charlotte et son Jules was made the year before Breathless and in many ways prefigures the arrival of that major film. Shot entirely in or from a single hotel room, it centres on Jules, played by Jean-Paul Belmondo who delivers a rapid-fire tirade about his girlfriend and their relationship when she turns up back in the apartment. The poverty of the production is indicated by the fact that the voice of the Belmondo character is that of Godard himself. But its machine gun dialogue and restless jump-cutting camera is almost an advance preview of the long sort of love scene between Michel and Patricia in Patricia’s tiny apartment in Breathless.” Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Un singe en hiver AKA A Monkey in Winter (1962)

Synopsis:
A young man, Gabriel Fouquet, arrives in a coastal town in Normandy to visit his daughter, who is staying in a boarding school. He ends up lodging in a guesthouse run by the aged Albert Quentin and his wife Suzanne. To forget his troubles, Gabriel hits the bottle, not realising that the teetotal Albert was once a heavy drinker. Twenty years ago, the latter pledged never to touch alcohol again if he and his wife survived the war. Through his friendship with Gabriel, Albert becomes nostalgic about his past, recalling his time as a sailor on an expedition to China. To drown their sorrows, the two men embark on a drinking binge which quickly gets out of hand…
— James Travers. Read More »

Georges Lautner – Le professionnel AKA The Professional (1981)

Synopsis:
French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Peur sur la ville AKA Fear Over the City AKA Night Caller (1975)

Policeman Jean Letellier is under pressure because the infamous gangster Marcucci escaped him publicly. Moreover during the pursuit an innocent bystander was killed by a stray bullet. Letellier is investigated for having fired the deadly bullet.
Before Letellier is cleared, a serial killer begins to murder young women, each time leaving a weird message at the site of crime. He calls himself “Minos”, referring to the Divine Comedy. The murderer always declares he had punished his victims for what he considers their impure life style. Read More »

Philippe de Broca – Les tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine AKA Up to His Ears (1965)

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Ursula Andress star in another adventure comedy from Philippe de Broca (That Man from Rio), that’s roughly based on a Jules Vernes story of the same title. Belmondo plays a rich man tired of his life who arranges for a hitman to take him out so that his fiancee will get the insurance money. Only, wouldn’t you know it, Belmondo changes his mind. Andress is a fan-dancer who gets mixed up, thinking it’s all a gag. There’s a lot of slapstick, chases, fights, balloon rides, mountain climbing and exotic locales. Oh, did I mention that Belmondo attempts a striptease while in drag? Read More »